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  • Blog Post: For those XP (ers) out there sp3 download site is now available

    Hello, I have had a few people expressing difficulty in finding the download site for Windows XP SP3. Here tis ! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsxp/0a5b9b10-17e3-40d9-8d3c-0077c953a761.aspx
  • Blog Post: High CPU on Wmiprvse.exe caused by memory leak DNSPROV.DLL Windows 2003

    Certain customers have recently been experiencing an issue which I wanted to bring to your attention. Issue with Domain Controllers Windows 2003 sp2 Wmiprvse.exe consistently consumes a high percentage of CPU on Domain Controllers and svchost.exe has a a high handle count of around 75000 and another...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Speeding up Outlook 2007

    I have been using Outlook 2007 for quite some time now and have been using the RTM version for the last month or so. Anyway I have been noticing a slowing down recently in loading up Outlook and the new circle Hour Glass seemed to be sat "doing nothing". Well apparently a few other people have been experiencing...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 - Beta 2 available for download

    This is now available for download from this location. http://www.Microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/downloads/servicepack.mspx This version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 - Beta 2 will work with Vista. However a little tweaking needs to be carried out first. For the Virtual Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

    Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet content based around . You can either use the...
  • Blog Post: My Latest Gadget

    Hi, on a somewhat lighter note of late. I have got a new really cool toy to play with. This is the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 . It has a really smooth action and has a duality of functions and features. If you are presenting you can flip it over use the control pad to to smooth...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 RODC Tick List for Deployment

    Well I am sat in the departure lounge of Aberdeen Scotland Airport after a really interesting and enjoyable Customer Engagement around all things Active Directory. Aberdeen has enjoyed some lovely Spring Weather,while I have been there and is very pretty in the Sunshine. Anyway I have also been doing...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization of Domain Controllers part Deux

    Hi a few weeks ago I blogged about recommended best practises of Virtualizing your Domain Controllers environment. I am currently working with a customer on quite a complicated scenario that touches on virtualization and through my research  and pointers from my Colleague Mark Empson have come across...
  • Blog Post: Squeezing a quart into a Pint Pot

    Well yes it is a very British expression, but I was reading May Wongs article on Funblog which talked around some great new technology which Ringcube Technologies unveiled. This software can virtually squeeze a PC onto an USB Keychain drive, MP3 Player cell phone or any gadget with digital storage space...
  • Blog Post: Schema - What is the Best Practise for Updating ?

    This has been a question that has come up with several of my customers recently. Therefore I thought this would be a good topic to discuss. Modifying the Schema is something that is a necessary action prior to carrying out installation of Directory Enabled Applications whether they are Microsoft or 3rd...
  • Blog Post: Revisiting and important question

    A little while ago I posted about what is considered best practice with regards to the Default Domain Controller policies and Default Domain Policy. http://blogs.technet.com/janelewis/archive/2007/04/24/just-don-t-do-it.aspx At the time I was struggling to find some good examples to back up my post....
  • Blog Post: Page File How big is Yours ?

    The Question around ideal sizing of a Page File has been a topic of conversation that Customers have been asking us recently. I am going to make a stab in this Blog to put together some of the current thinking around this as I think some of the documentation has been around for some time and can be a...
  • Blog Post: The North East VBUG meeting Great Line up Planned

    This has been in my inbox for a while and I overlooked it. Which is not suprising because my Outlook triage skills are awful. My colleague Richard Diver is trying to put me back on the straight and narrow and introduce me to the art of time-slicing and categories……at the moment I feel like standing up...
  • Blog Post: A great initiative and offer Home Access

    As part of my training for BETT I learnt about the HOME ACCESS programme. This looks a really fantastic initiative to open up access to computing to children and parents who are less privileged. As I sat at home watching my two boys using Xbox 360, ps3 etc . Plus moving through applications and...
  • Blog Post: Cool Picture Editing Software

    I was reading about this recently some online Picture editing software by Picnik. This has the following cool pictures The great thing about this is it can all happen online with functionality to hook into flickr facebook and picassa One-click photo fixing or in-depth tweaking Crop, rotate, and resize...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Post on /3GB (In)famous Switch

    I go onto alot of customer sites and am constantly evaluating the performance and configuration and advising best practise on Domain Controllers. Often the Support team has configured the /3gb switch in their Boot.ini files.....many of them do not know why ? or say "The Exchange Team insisted upon it...
  • Blog Post: If you need to record a demo then I recommend this

    I have been doing a fair amount of technical writing and also recording of demos recently, of both technical content and also professional internal development initiatives. The product that I have found really useful in doing this really easy. 1. Editing my videos and recordings and taking my live meetings...
  • Blog Post: A couple of cool downloads for your Win 7 Platform

    I had a couple of informative emails today bringing my attention to some great new tools and utilities. The first one is the Windows System State Analyzer as blogged about by the  Ask the Performance team. I never realise this functionality existed . As they state on their blog. “The basic functionality...
  • Blog Post: Know your Tombstones - The Basics

    The TSL (Tombstone Lifetime) of an object in the Active Directory is significant especially when related to Backups Restores and Lingering Objects So today I am going to give you the basics of what Tombstones mean. What is a Tombstone ? T he Tombstone is what the Active Directory replicates...
  • Blog Post: Talking Blogs !

    Being relatively new to the Blogosphere, I am like a child in a sweet shop when I come across something "new" to me with regards to making my blog more accessible and functional to my ....hopefully one or two readers !. Well I recently visited Anthony Clendenens blog and I noticed in the top left hand...
  • Blog Post: Fascinating Roots to our Cipher Code Cracking Past

    I seem to be on a run of recommending books, oh well must be that time of year. Anyway one fact you my not know about me is that I used to be in the Royal Navy working in Radio Telecommunications. Therefore I have a background in using Cipher and One time pads and Encryption Technologies. This has been...
  • Blog Post: Putting your Sysvol on a Diet !

    I was discussing with a Customer recently some recommended best practices for controlling the size of the Sysvol Folder. As you are probably aware, the Sysvol folder is the location where all of your Group Policy Template files, Settings and Scripts are stored. The File Replication Service is responsible...
  • Blog Post: Great Practical Use for Search Folders

    Hi I recently had an interesting question posed by my customer with regards to search issues within Outlook 2007 and the way WDS works in Windows Vista and Windows 7 The user in question used outlook for around 80% of their working day. This involved them search for work orders and service requests and...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Communicator

    As I mentioned previously, I have just taken possession of my shiny new SPV M300 Pocket Pc running Windows Mobile 5 . Now I am a happy bunny. My favorite package at the moment is Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile . This is so useful. It means even when I am on the road I can be in instant contact...
  • Blog Post: USN Rollbacks - Best Practice

    I was talking best practices the other day with a customer with regards to what Backup Software to use and the use of Virtualized hosting environments. I recommended to the customer to utilise backup software that uses the Microsoft APIs, or the Software that uses the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy APIs...